Fifteen food establishment inspections were performed by city inspectors this week, and no one receives a perfect score this time around. What we do have is one Low Performer, in fact a repeat Low Performer. Here's a break down of what inspectors found there in this edition of NewsChannel 11's Food for Thought.
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 1/29/04. More >>
Picante's at 3814 34th Street gets seven critical violations this week.
There was improper cooling for cooked or prepared food.
Fifteen gallons of meat stew were stored in a walk-in refrigerator at 153 degrees.
The report states the amount of food was not capable of cooling to 70 degrees within 2 hours.
Cold food was being held at improper temperatures. Cooked potatoes were found at 48 degrees and raw, shelled eggs were being held at 49 degrees. Cold food must be kept at 41 to 45 degrees or cooler. The report states that the potatoes and eggs had not been off temperature for a duration of time that would warrant disposal, the food was cooled to the appropriate temperature.
Hot foods were being kept at improper temperatures. Shredded beef, beans and rice were found at temperatures below 140 degrees. The food was reheated to 165 degrees.
There was improper and inadequate hand washing. An employee was observed handling ready to eat foods without first washing hands. An employee was observed handling ready to eat foods without gloves. There was insufficient capacity of hot water during peak hours.
Hand washing facilities were inadequate. A hand washing lavatory was not providing water at 110 degrees.
The Manager at Picante's told me they had a bad day and that all violations have been corrected, and they are back up to 100%.